Sep 23, 2017

Hackers targeted 21 states' election systems last year

The Department of Homeland Security told election officials in 21 states Friday their election systems were hacked in September of 2016, per the AP.

Data: AP reports, Department of Homeland Security; Cartogram: Axios Visuals via Associated Press. Data as of Sept. 22, 6pm.

  • Government officials told the AP they believe the hackers were Russian agents.
  • In most cases the systems were not breached.
  • Most of the states heard Friday for the first time of this hacking.

Why it matters: That's direct confirmation from the government that it believes Russian agents tried to hack the election.

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Pelosi demands briefing on alleged Russian hack of Burisma

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 14. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday responded to reports that a Russian military intelligence unit successfully targeted Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that once employed Joe Biden's son as a board member, and demanded that Congress be briefed on the administration's knowledge of the hack.

Why it matters: Pelosi called the reports "alarming" and said they serve as evidence that Russia is "continuing to interfere in our elections to benefit the President and to undermine our democracy."

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Report: Russian hackers successfully targeted Ukrainian gas company Burisma

Joe and Hunter Biden. Photo: Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA.

Russian hackers from the military intelligence unit known as the GRU successfully targeted Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that once employed Hunter Biden as a board member, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: President Trump was impeached as a result of his alleged efforts to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens over unsubstantiated corruption allegations.

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Congress reaches deal for $425M towards election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi together in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Congress has reached a deal allocating $425 million towards revamping election security just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

The big picture: The funding is part of a spending deal set to be passed this week and sent to President Trump's desk. Negotiators have been working out differences between proposals from the Democrat-led House and the GOP-led Senate.

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